Little Tokyo Service Center to Open South Bay Office
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Dr. Hiroko Higuchi Muratsuchi
LITTLE TOKYO SERVICE CENTER TO OPEN SOUTH BAY OFFICE
Little Tokyo Service Center, a social service and community development organization serving the Japanese American and other diverse communities, is opening a South Bay office, located at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, 1964 West 162nd Street, Gardena. To welcome the community to its new office, LTSC will host an open house with light refreshments on Friday, February19th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to drop by during the Open House hours, but RSVPing at http://tinyurl.com/LTSC-SB-rsvp is highly encouraged.
LTSC has provided services to seniors, caregivers and families with young children in the South Bay for more than 20 years. Last fall, LTSC received a grant from NeighborWorks® America, a national nonprofit organization created by Congress in 1978 to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts, to establish an office and expand accessibility and outreach to the large Japanese American community in the South Bay, including the large shin-issei, or post-World War II Japanese immigrant population living and working in the area.
“Little Tokyo Service Center is excited to launch this new initiative to better serve the needs of the large South Bay Nikkei community,” said Dr. Hiroko Higuchi Muratsuchi, LTSC’s South Bay Community Engagement Coordinator. “We are thankful to the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute for partnering with LTSC in this endeavor.”
“LTSC has been providing quality and culturally sensitive social services to the Nikkei community in the South Bay for many years, and has been an important community partner with us by collaborating on many public programs,” said Alison Kochiyama, Executive Director of the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. “Gardena Valley JCI has relied on LTSC for bilingual services, which are essential in the South Bay. We at Gardena Valley JCI are so happy to be able to house LTSC's South Bay office here, which will extend their services to reach more people.”
To support its outreach effort, LTSC is in the process of starting a South Bay Japanese American needs assessment study led by Dr. Higuchi. The study is funded by grants from NeighborWorks® America and the UCLA Aratani Community Advancement Research Endowment (CARE).
“This study will be the first comprehensive survey focusing on the South Bay Japanese American
community,” explained Dr. Higuchi. “The survey will focus on identifying the needs of not only Japanese Americans who have lived in the South Bay for generations, but also the needs of postwar Japanese immigrants who now make up almost half of the Japanese American population in the greater Los Angeles area.”
LTSC will consult with various stakeholders throughout the entire process of the study and share the report widely with stakeholders and community groups after its completion, which is expected to be in the fall of 2016.
For more information regarding LTSC’s South Bay office or the South Bay Japanese American needs
assessment study, please contact Dr. Higuchi at
LTSC Community Development Corporation is a non-profit community-based organization, which has been providing services for over 35 years to the greater Los Angeles community. Programs include senior services, assistance for victims of domestic violence, support groups, social services, child abuse prevention, mental health counseling, early childhood education, affordable housing, youth programs and community economic development.
Budokan Project in Little Tokyo receives $500,000 grant from W.M. Keck Foundation
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Murase at
(213) 473-1782 or Scott Ito
at (213) 473-1636
December 18, 2015
Budokan Project in Little Tokyo receives $500,000 grant from W.M. Keck Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA) In December 2015, the W.M. Keck Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to LTSC for its Budokan of Los Angeles project. Funding will support construction costs for the Little Tokyo Service Center’s Budokan of Los Angeles project, which is a multi-purpose recreation facility with a roof-top park in Little Tokyo, near Downtown Los Angeles.
The Budokan project is located at 237-249 Los Angeles Street, between 2nd and 3rd Street in Little Tokyo, adjacent to the Little Tokyo Branch Library and Vibiana LA. The Budokan project will consist of a gymnasium, community space and a roof top park and will feature an array of sports (basketball, volleyball and martial arts), after-school programs, special events, tournaments, and programming for all ages.
Based in Los Angeles, the W.M. Keck Foundation was established in 1954 by the late W. M. Keck, founder of the Superior Oil Company. The Foundation’s grant making is focused primarily on pioneering efforts in the areas of medical, science and engineering research. The Foundation also maintains an undergraduate education program that promotes distinctive learning and research experiences for students in the sciences and in the liberal arts, and a Southern California Grant Program that provides support for the Los Angeles community in the areas of health care, civic and community services, education and the arts, with a special emphasis on children and youth from low-income families. For more information, please visit www.wmkeck.org.
"I would like to thank the W.M. Keck Foundation for their support of the Budokan project and for their recognition on the importance of expanding recreational opportunities in the Downtown area," said Dean Matsubayashi, Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center. “As one of the first major foundations to support our project, this investment is a testament to and a belief in the need for a facility like the Budokan of Los Angeles in Downtown Los Angeles. It also indicates that they share in our vision and are confident in LTSC’s ability to complete a project of this scale.”
LTSC Community Development Corporation is a non-profit community-based organization, which has been providing services for over 35 years to the greater Los Angeles community. Programs include but are not limited to: family and individual mental health counseling, child abuse prevention, case management senior services, childcare, after-school programs, affordable housing, and community redevelopment.
"Navigating Transitions in Life”, a Series of Educational Seminars
F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
Little Tokyo Service Center
231 E Third Street, G-106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Contact: Jessica Kanai, 213-473-3035
“Navigating Transitions in Life”, a Series of Educational Seminars to be Held in Gardena, October 11, October 25, and November 15, 2014
A series of free educational workshop about navigating transitions in life will be held on Saturdays, October 11, October 25, and November 15 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.
The workshop will encourage Asian American seniors, caregivers, and others who want to plan ahead for a healthy, active life, to begin a conversation on decision-making for the future. The presentations will take into account cultural factors involved in these choices and decisions for Asian Americans as we age. The program will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese.
On Saturday, October 11, a discussion will be held on How to Effectively Communicate with your Doctor. More and more, today's patients are playing an active role in their health care. Sayaka Weiss, MD, MPH Candidate, will advise how to best prepare for your doctor's visits to have your needs met and improve communication with your doctor. Get quick tips on how you can have an active role in making your health care decisions in partnership with your doctor.
Where we live and the kind of housing we prefer may change over time. If we have kids, we look for a house with lots of bedrooms and may choose the location based on the school district. Some people may choose to downsize after their kids are grown. Sometimes, a change in income after retirement affects our choice of housing. Still, others may choose to live in a community based on the availability of services and transportation. On Saturday October 25, Amy Phillips, the Director of Senior Services at the Little Tokyo Service Center will facilitate a discussion of various Senior Housing Options.
On Saturday November 15, our workshop titled Affordable Healthcare, will help to clarify the various insurance options that can be quite confusing. Three panelists from the Asian Americans Advancing Justice- LA, the National Senior Citizens Law Center, and the Center for Health Care Rights will help to clarify health care options through Covered California, Medicare, and Medi-Cal.
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute is located on 1964 W 162nd St, Gardena, CA 90247. Parking is available on the premises as well as in the surrounding neighborhood.
Pre-registration is required for admission to the seminar and open to all. To register, please visit the website www.LTSC.org and sign up, or call LTSC at 213-473-3035.
Grand Opening for the HFL Sequoia Apartments
For Immediate Release
Contact: Takao Suzuki at (213) 473-1606
Grand Opening Ceremony for “Green” Housing Development to provide permanent affordable housing for Low-Income and Homeless Adults with Mental Disabilities
(Van Nuys, Calif.) On June 13, 2014, the Homes for Life Foundation and LTSC Community Development Corporation celebrated the grand opening of the HFL Sequoia Apartments. HFL Sequoia Apartments provide 24 housing units for low-income adults with mental disabilities, 12 of which are specifically set-aside for chronically homeless adults with mental disabilities. The lack of permanent, affordable, supportive housing has been one of the main obstacles to stabilized lives for mentally disabled adults. All units are affordable and range from 30% to 50% average median income. Design of the HFL Sequoia Apartments integrates the unique and various Mediterranean architectural styles found in the surrounding neighborhood. The development was constructed on a previously vacant lot, which had long been an eyesore in the community. HFL Sequoia Apartments represents a high performing, energy efficient structure in the area and establishes a new precedent for what can be achieved in underserved communities in Los Angeles. The building was designed with many “green” elements and is targeting LEED Gold Certification. Some of the unique features include a permeable parking lot and bioswale, to help reduce and clean stormwater runoff, drought resistant landscaping, thermal solar water heating, recycling and LED lights throughout the building. Taking full advantage of the mild Southern California climate, two rooftop terraces provide a serene yet secure outdoor environment for residents with shade trellises and raised planter gardens around the perimeter.
In addition to providing quality housing, the development offers community and social service space to its residents. On-site supportive services include life skills development, mental health counseling, crisis intervention, economic empowerment through linkages to employment and education, and networking for off-site mental health services. A resident manager will also live on-site to assist residents capable of independent living.
HFL Sequoia Apartments would not be possible without funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the National Equity Fund, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. The HUD 811 program provided almost $4.1 million in funding, the National Equity Fund provided $4.8 million in tax credit equity investment, and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority provided over $500,000 in funding for capital and services.
“National Equity Fund is proud to partner with LTSC Community Development Corporation and Homes for Life Foundation to enable residents of the HFL Sequoia Apartments to live independently in a safe and stable home with vital social services,” commented Todd Fabian, vice president and regional manager at National Equity Fund, Inc., the development’s source of LIHTC equity. “It’s developments like Sequoia that make this industry so rewarding.”
Developer: Homes for Life Foundation
Developer: LTSC Community Development Corporation
Architect: ONYX Architects
Consultant: Nancy Lewis Associates, Inc.
General Contractor: Ellias Construction Company, Inc.
Homes for Life Foundation was formed as a nonprofit housing and services agency in 1986, and is dedicated to establishing a network of permanent, affordable, supportive housing within the geographical boundaries of Los Angeles County for homeless and chronically homeless individuals who suffer from mental disabilities. The fundamental purpose of offering mentally disabled adults the choice of a ‘home for life’ is to prevent their downward spiral of despair and crises due to lack of the same.
LTSC Community Development Corporation is a non-profit community-based organization, which has been providing services for over 30 years to the greater Los Angeles community. Programs include senior services, assistance for victims of domestic violence, support groups, social services, child abuse and neglect outreach, emergency food and shelter assistance, affordable housing, youth programs and community economic development.